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Sewer backup protection grants…Applications are now being accepted for financial assistance to install an overhead sewer or a backflow prevention system to protect homes from backup during a heavy rain event. Eligible homeowners may qualify for a grant of 50 percent of the total cost of sewer backup prevention improvements, up to a maximum of $3,500. Anyone who meets the program guidelines can apply, regardless of income. Details on the program, including the application materials, are posted at — just search sewer grant. For more information, call 708.358.5410 or email

Free water-saving kits…Residents interested in saving water and energy are eligible for free water saver kits that can save up to 57 gallons of water per person per day. Each kit contains a low-flow shower head, low-flow kitchen and bath faucet aerators, and a toilet tank displacement device that can make any toilet a low-flow unit. Requests for a free kit may be made in person at the Housing & CDBG Programs Division office in Village Hall, 123 Madison St. or via email to

Energy and water efficiency rebates…Residents who install low-flow toilets with the WaterSense label may qualify for a $100 rebate. The program, funded by the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation and administered by the Village, will offer rebates to about 50 single-family households. Another 300 households will receive free water-saving shower heads and faucet aerators. For details, call 708.358.5410 or email

Accessibility modification loans…Forgivable loans of up to $15,000 each to fund accessibility modifications for homes or apartments are available to residents who meet income restrictions. Applicants must have a physical or age-related impairment that requires modifications such as ramps, lifts or handrails, including for kitchens and bathrooms. Loans will be forgiven over five years. Call 708.358.5410 or email for more information.

Down payment assistance…The West Cook County Housing Collaborative is making homeownership more affordable with $10,000 in down payment assistance for select updated and rehabbed homes. Financing and the supply of homes is limited. Call 708.771.5801 to set up an application appointment. An application form also is available at

First-time homebuyer seminars…Individuals interested in learning more about buying a home and securing a mortgage are invited to attend free seminars offered at 7 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of every month in Village Hall, 123 Madison St. For more information, call the West Cook Homeownership Center at 708.771.5801.

Free condo board training…A series of free, one-hour training seminars to help condominium board members learn more about how to meet their responsibilities begins in March and runs through May. The seminars, presented by the Association of Condominium, Townhouse and Homeowners Associations (ACTHA), are scheduled for 7 p.m., at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Advance registration is not required. Call 708.358.5410, email or visit for more information.